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Boonsboro briefs

November 07, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Smith named town manager



BOONSBORO - More than four months after longtime Town Manager John Kendall officially retired from work in Boonsboro, the town welcomed a familiar face to the position.

Mayor Charles "Skip" F. Kauffman announced at the start of Monday's Town Council meeting that Debbie Smith was named town manager at an executive session Oct. 2. Smith, who was working in an interim capacity, also has served as assistant mayor.




New wastewater bids being sought



BOONSBORO - With the lowest offer more than $3 million higher than desired, Town Council voted to flush its first package of bids and advertise again for work on a proposed wastewater treatment plant.

At its meeting Monday, Town Council voted to reject and rebid work on the wastewater plant and Warrenfeltz spring protection projects.

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According to Town Manager Debbie Smith, the Warrenfeltz project, which deals with well protection, was estimated to cost $111,000. However, the lowest bid came in at $175,000, she said.

The lowest of the bids for construction of the proposed wastewater plant was more than $13.6 million, she said.

"The engineers estimate it at about that, but the state - MDE - wants it below $10 million," Smith said.

Specification for both projects have been modified to bring costs down, council member Kevin M. Chambers said.

Upgrades mandated by the Maryland Department of the Environment compelled the town to build a new treatment plant.

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